Well what a ride this has been, as they say back in the day, surprisingly, (not that word)... it has been a blast!! I choose the title for my final blog as a tribute/nod to my modernities colleagues, because they get to study the surreal, out there stuff, I decide to have a piece of … Continue reading Does Your Chewing Gum Loose it’s Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight? My blog portfolio.
The Cambridge Guide to Modern Irish Culture. Edited by Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly. The companion states: it provides an authoritative introduction to the historical, social and stylistic complexities of modern Irish culture. Readers will be introduced to Irish studies in its widest sense and helped to find their way through the cultural and theoretical … Continue reading Literary Review: “The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture”.
Two pieces of Irish cultural output, both on screen, resonate deeply, not only with Irish people but across the globe in an unprecedented manner. The first occurs in 1952 with the release of John Ford's The Quiet Man and the second in 1994 at the Eurovision song contest, when the interval act Riverdance causes a … Continue reading Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?
A warning ; what follows is best described as a brain dump, an attempt to get some thoughts down on paper and to see where it leads... One of my first challenges in the study of Irish writing is to determine what is Irishness or Irish culture? How is it, or indeed, can it be … Continue reading A glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps